Sokar Rostau said:I hated it, but that was mainly because a friend bugged me to read it for almost two years before I gave in. Just because I wasn't a fan doesn't mean you won't be.
Otherland by Tad Williams
It's set about 15 years in the future and is mainly in a totally immersive VR world. Some of the ideas in it I thought were really interesting, I just didn't like the style and some of the characterization.
That's the ones! Those were good.dondrei said:Is Otherland as good as his Memory, Sorrow and Thorn books? I was considering reading them a while back but I never found the time.
If you wish to read a co-authored Niven/Pournelle novel, I would heartily recommend "Inferno" ... It's a real page turner.Merick said:He seems to have co-written a lot of books with Niven. I am somewhat wary of dual-authored books as I'm on a pretty terrible streak with them. Starswarm and others sound interesting though. I'll give him a try.
I seem to recall hating Neuromancer. I'm not fond of cyberpunk.Merick said:Oh yeah, the cyberpunk guy. I don't really like the idea. I suppose Neuromancer deserves a shot, as it's a classic.
I haven't read that one, his Known Space ones are my favourite. The two Ringworlds being the best.Merick said:I should have put him in the list. I tried to read The Integral Trees, but lost interest. I should probably give him another chance. I should have put Frank Herbert in the list too, dagumit. And the guy who wrote Deepsix.
I know what you mean, dual authorship is often a bad thing.Merick said:He seems to have co-written a lot of books with Niven. I am somewhat wary of dual-authored books as I'm on a pretty terrible streak with them. Starswarm and others sound interesting though. I'll give him a try.
Heh, neat. Is it any good?superdave said:the book in my tar? it has the best title of any book...ever.
you see that title on a bookshelf and you HAVE to pick it up..."her kind of love was different...but was it wrong?" marketing genius!
over the last couple years i have picked up enough copies of this book to sell to discriminating collectors to keep the taxes current on my house.
Yeah, yeah, I forgot David Brin too. How dare I forget Kiln People. I'm not actually buying these books either. The website I mentioned earlier lets you trade books for the cost of shipping ($1.59).Gertlex said:I'll fourth Larry Niven (fifth if you count the one that cried blasphemy). I'd say my favorite is Lucifer's Hammer... That was a great book. Other good ones include the Beowulf ones (which ARE scifi)...
Deepsix by Jack McDevitt; read that this summer, was quite good.
I dont' think you mentioned David Brin... He's not as great as Niven, but still good stuff.
I myself should go on a buying spree... something around a hundred dollars in gift certificates to Borders...
The Mordant's Need duology is probably his most accessible. Donaldson is half genius, half incredibly annoying author. I don't think I've read a single book of his that doesn't involve someone getting raped (I read a book of his short stories too and it happens in EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM). Frankly I find it exploitative and cheap. And sometimes he seems to be doing it in a prurient way, which is totally off-colour. On the other hand the Covenant books were incredibly imaginative. He's started writing a new set, hasn't he? Maybe I'll bother to read it.MadMachine said:Stephen R. Donaldson - The Mirror of her Dreams
There's a new one out? Ugh, after Throne I dread to think what it'll be like...Rassilon666 said:Niven is good, he puts a lot of effort into being accurate to the "science" in sci-fi. The stuff set in his universe but not written by him is not always so great (eg, the man-kzin wars books). I liked Ringworld and Ringworld engineers. Ringworld throne wasnt that good though. i just started reading ringworlds children, so we'll see.
i just finished reading the runes of the earth...this book is about linden...i never did like her...if you remember how the previous books endeddondrei said:. He's started writing a new set, hasn't he? Maybe I'll bother to read it.